Lorraine Theater

70 Bridge Avenue,
Bay Head, NJ 08742

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Previously operated by: Independent Theater Service Inc., Walter Reade Theatres

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The Lorraine Theater Bayhead NJ

The Lorraine Theatre was opened in 1918. Listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook, this theater has been a mall known as The Shopper’s Wharf since at least 1975. It was badly damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was demolished in November 2013.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 20, 2005 at 4:29 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s; 1941 300 seats, 1943 300 seats Closed, and 1950 with 300 seats.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 3:18 am

Listed as a Walter Reade Theater in the 1970 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:44 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee on August 20, 2006 at 12:43 pm

The Sound of Music played here on 8/21/1968:
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jbleynes on December 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

The Lorraine Theater was built in 1917 by Albert C. Lewis, who also operated the Colonial Theater in Seaside Park. The buildings are very similar in design. After Lewis’s death, his widow Josephine and her second husband, Lee Newbury, operated these two theaters as well as six others on the Jersey Shore. It was purchased by the Walter Reade organization in 1965. I believe that the conversion to a shopping mall occurred around 1973, though I have not found a definitive date. Unfortunately, this building was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and razed in November 2013.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

The March 16, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World had this brief but mis-located notice:

“SEASIDE PARK, N. J. — Lorraine is name of new moving picture theater nearing completion for A. C. Lewis.”

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